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Daniel Ricciardo set to challenge Vettel

After it was announced that the new Red Bull driver to partner Sebastian Vettel would be Daniel Ricciardo, the Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has said that he expects the younger Formula 1 driver to be contending against the three time Drivers Champion. Daniel Ricciardo is joining Red Bull following the departure of Mark Webber, who has retired from Formula 1 in order to join Porsche’s new sports car programme next season. It was clear that Webber and Vettel never got on as team mates, but Ricciardo will now hope he can get along with the German.

It is a risky move by Red Bull to choose Daniel Ricciardo over other possible candidates for the Red Bull spot such as Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen as he is not as successful as the others. The Australian Toro Rosso driver does not have an impressive record at all as he has taken part in 41 races, with 41 starts, and has never won a Grand Prix or even finished on the podium. This could be down to the fact that he is not part of one of the greatest teams in Formula 1 at the moment, but he should up his game as he joins the team with the fastest car of recent years.

Will Daniel Ricciardo be a success at Red Bull?

Before he joined Formula 1 in 2011, his mainly noticeable and best achievement was when he won the Formula Three Championship in 2009. He was welcomed into the sport of Formula 1 when he debuted in the British Grand Prix of 2011, but he has not had much success with his best finish being in the Chinese Grand Prix in April 2013 where he managed to grab 7th place. This year so far, Daniel Ricciardo is 14th in the Drivers’ Championship leader board with only 12 points to his name and in his whole career he has only accumulated 22 points in total; Vettel is currently on 197 points this year.

Daniel Ricciardo races for Toro Rosso so before the move to Red Bull was made he was estimated to be the new driver of Red Bull due to Toro Rosso being Red Bull’s junior team. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner commented on the driver, “Daniel has really earned his place in the team. He tested really impressively with us earlier in the summer and obviously we have been keeping a close eye on his performances in Torro Rosso and therefore it was logical to give him a drive.”

Daniel Ricciardo has already been given a big target to rival Sebastian Vettel, which is a difficult task as Vettel is a three time consecutive Drivers’ Champion for the past 3 seasons, he looks on his way to win a fourth. Horner admitted, “We expect him (Ricciardo) to challenge Sebastian (Vettel). He’ll get the same chance, the same equipment and it will be down to what he does on the circuit that counts at the end of the day.” He continued to talk about the Australian, “He’s got a good character and personality, he’s always got a smile on his face, but most importantly he’s seriously quick.”

Author Daniel Foster.
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